I was really excited about this book as I loved the sound of it and good reviews are everywhere for it. But for me personally it just didn’t hit the spot.My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh
Published by Penguin on February 10th 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Literary, Mystery
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It was the summer everything changed.…My Sunshine Away unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom. But in the summer of 1989, when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson—free spirit, track star, and belle of the block—experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too.
In My Sunshine Away, M.O. Walsh brilliantly juxtaposes the enchantment of a charmed childhood with the gripping story of a violent crime, unraveling families, and consuming adolescent love.
I think I thought it was going to be a darker version of something like The Wonder Years as it’s narrated by a man looking back on his childhood. It’s a lot deeper and heavier than that which is fine I like dark and heavy but overall it was a disappointment for me.
– The setting is fantastic. This was my favourite thing about the book, I could feel the heat of Louisiana rising up around me, I could picture the annoying insects, I could feel the craving for a cool breeze. Baton Rouge was vivid and came to life for me.
– It covers the theme of the rape of a 15-year-old girl and does it in an empathic way that shows the knock on trauma that this has for Lindy and her family.
– I had to know if the narrator was guilty or not and that kept me reading right to the end.
– The pace was far too rambly for me. I wanted things to happen and I wanted them to happen sooner. Instead we got pages and pages of narrative that did nothing to move the plot on.
Overall the pace of the book affected my enjoyment and it became a chore in the end to finish it. And I feel like this is a very short review for me but basically I just feel a bit flat after finishing it and my main emotion is disappointment that a much hyped book failed to impress me.
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Thanks to Edelweiss and G P Putnam’s Sons New York (Penguin) for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.